Arun Jaitley lying on meeting with Vijay Mallya, says Rahul Gandhi

Arun Jaitley lying on meeting with Vijay Mallya, says Rahul Gandhi

On Wednesday, 12th September, Mallya reached the London's Westminster Magistrates court where it has been chose to announce the verdict for fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya's extradition case on the 10th of December.

Mallya told media outside of court that he had met Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to settle matters before he left the country.

On being asked whether he met any other BJP leader before leaving for London, he said, "Over a period of time, I have met many colleagues in Parliament and expressed to them my desire to settle with the banks".

Former Union finance minister Yashwant Sinha, who recently left the BJP and is now in the Opposition camp, said: "Not only the finance minister, the entire BJP must come clean on its relations with Vijay Mallya".

The statement further read, "Since 2014, I have never given him any appointment to meet me and the question of his having met me does not arise".

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Jaitley, in his long post, said that since 'he (Vijay Mallya) was a Rajya Sabha member and he occasionally attended the House, he misused that privilege on one occasion while I was walking walking out the house to go my room'.

In a statement, the minister had said that Mallya did try to start a conversation when he was on his way out of the Rajya Sabha and recalled "curtly" telling him that he should talk to the banks about his outstanding loans.

Jaitley, however, took to Facebook to dismiss Mallya's claims as being "factually false".

"As far as I am concerned, I have made a comprehensive settlement offer before the Karnataka High Court". The London court was hearing the closing arguments in the extradition case against Mallya on Wednesday, as well as review the video of jail cell prepared for him by the Indian authorities. It also seeks to prove there are no "bars to extradition" and that the tycoon is assured a fair trial in India over his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines' alleged default of over Rs 9,000 crores in loans from a consortium of Indian banks. "My conscience is clear and (I) put nearly Rs15,000 crore worth of assets on the table of the Karnataka High Court", he said. The Congress party held a media briefing soon after, with spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi claiming the government was fully complicit in the flight of people such as Mallya, Nirav Modi, and Mehul Choksi from the country. Mark Summers, representing India, said that there was a clear case against Mallya and that what Kingfisher "internally knew was radically different" to what was being told to banks regarding the company's status. "The notice issued for Vijay Mallya was changed to the inform notice".

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